Team Ignite


Rachel Yung

Academy Director
Singing, Piano and Little Sparks Tutor

Rachel's love for music and singing started as a toddler and by the time she was five she started having piano lessons.  Her fascination for music led her to try a few other instruments, but she kept coming back to her first two loves, singing and piano.  During her high school years, she entered and won a number of talent quests.  She was given the opportunity to develop her craft by playing and singing in church every week. 

After finishing school, she spent two years at 'Excel School of Performing Arts,' as a vocal major and piano minor.  From there she taught NCEA Level 1 Music and Drama as well as being a Music Pastor in Kaitaia.   She completed 'Pathways School of Worship Leading' in Tauranga, receiving the 'Outstanding Student Award.' She then went on to complete a three-month Voice Teacher Training course through New York Vocal Coaching. 

After she started teaching music, she realised that her greatest joy was found in inspiring and helping others to be the best musicians and people they can be.


Samantha Powdrell

Guitar Tutor

Sam fell in love with music at a young age.  During her primary school years, she was actively involved in both choir and repertory theatre.  This eventually led her to picking up the guitar for the first time when she was 13. After mastering the basic skills, she bravely joined the music team at Elim Christian Centre and has continued to grow and develop since that time.  Always seeking to further herself, Sam has gone on to achieve Grade 7 in the ‘Electric Guitar’ through the University of West London and a Diploma in ‘Christian Ministries Internship in Worship and Events’ through Elim Christian Centre.

Sam’s passion for music has inspired her to encourage others along a similar path. However, it’s always done with a kind word and a warm smile.


Cassi Keyte

Little Sparks Tutor

The arts have always been a big part of Cassi’s life. Having played the violin from a young age and dabbling in a number of other instruments she has a HUGE love of music and the joy it can bring to so many.  As she grew, Cassi was involved with the local orchestra, chamber groups and church groups, as well as regularly busking and performing at various events. She also discovered a love for speech and drama and singing, which got her involved with the local theatre company, and number of local choirs and competitions.

Cassi studied a Bachelor of Communications before going on to graduate with a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, where she loved working with children and being able to share her passion for music with them.

Aroha is central to Cassi’s practice, alongside her love of singing, dancing, making music and  having a whole lot of fun!